#AceNewsReport – July.21: What appeared to be a typical case of car theft in Chile’s capital on Friday became more dire when authorities said the vehicle was carrying a dangerous radioactive substance: Chilean nuclear agency CCHEN said the stolen vehicle, a truck, was carrying a piece of industrial radiographic equipment called a SENTINEL 880, “which contains a radioactive substance Iridium-192.”
🇨🇱 Alert issued for stolen car with nuclear substance in #Chile
Iridium-192 is a radioactive isotope of chemical element iridium, according to the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information: High doses of Iridium-192 are used to treat tumors. The substance is also used in clinical X-ray systems: “Don’t touch, manipulate or attempt to utilize the device, as it can cause serious health effects,” CCHEN said in a statement.
The agency posted a photo of the equipment on its Twitter account and recommended anybody who spotted it or the stolen vehicle immediately call their local police or fire department.
#AceNewsDesk reports …………..July.21: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Natalia Ramos; Writing by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Richard Chang
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